1. Introduction to Research Design and Method
a. Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
b. Components of Research Design
* King, Keohane, and Verba (KKV), Chapter 1.
* Winston Phan Đào Nguyên (2017). Minh oan cho Petrus Trương Vĩnh Ký về câu "ở với họ mà không theo họ" ("Absolving Petrus Truong Vinh Ky in his quote "sic vos non vobis" (http://www.viet-studies.net/PhanDaoNguyen_PetrusKy.htm).
Shively, W. Phillips. 2001. "Chapter 2. Political Theories and Research Topics." The Craft of Political Research (5th Edition), Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
De Vaus, David (2001). Research Design in Social Science, Chapter 1.
2. Descriptive Inferences
a. General Knoledge and Particular Facts
b. Purpose of Data Collection
c. Criteria for Judging Descriptive Inferences
* King, Keohane, and Verba (KKV), Chapter 2.
The course is structured in two parts. The first part will introduce the fundamentals of research design and methodology choices, both quantitative and qualitative approaches but more emphasis is placed upon quantitative approaches. By the end of this part, students will be able to explain basic concepts of research methodology, criticize and assess a research design of a policy paper, as well as his or her own research design.
The second part will present policy analysis process, starting from identifying/framing a policy issue to solving it. During the process, the students will learn different analytical methods (be it quantitative, qualitative or mixed), data/information sources, models and tools for constructing solution options and evaluating them and making policy recommendations accordingly. The course ends with general guidance on how to write and present an effective policy analysis, including morality concerns and discussion of instances where values and interests are in potential conflict.